About OPRI

Staff Members

Kazumine Akimoto
Ocean Policy Research Institute
(Division of Ocean Policy Research)

Senior Research Fellow
Kazumine Akimoto
A Retired Rear Admiral of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), Kazumine Akimoto is now Senior Research Fellow at the Ocean Policy Research Institute of The Sasakawa Peace Foundation.


  • Maritime Security Governance around the Blue Infinity Loop
  • Climate Security Governance
  • Neo-Geopolitics and Seapower
2022 Climate Security: Global Warming and a Free and Open Indo-Pacific
Climate Security (PDF Book)(2.2MB)


Academic/Professional Background
Professional Background
Rear Admiral Kazumine Akimoto began his service career in 1967, when he joined the JMSDF. After completing the Command and Staff Course at the Maritime Staff College, he held several positions in the Maritime Staff Office (MSO) and the Operation Evaluation Office. Positions held include: Liaison staff with Patrol and Reconnaissance Force US 7th Fleet; Head, Flight Research and Development Division VX 51; Chief, Intelligence Section of the MSO Intelligence Department; Chief of Staff, Fleet Air Wing. He was assigned as a senior researcher at the National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS) at the Japan Defense Agency (now Ministry of Defense) in 1995. He retired from JMSDF and resigned from the NIDS in 2000, and joined the Ocean Policy Research Foundation (now, Ocean Policy Research Institute of The Sasakawa Peace Foundation) as a senior research fellow. 
Academic Background
Chiba Institute of Technology


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